Over 65? Why a cruise should be your next holiday
Cruises are designed to be accessible
If you, your partner or a member of your group have a mobility issue, a cruise offers one of the safest and most accessible ways to enjoy a holiday, either at home or abroad. While regular holidays might cause concerns about access – whether it’s getting onto a flight, worries over accommodation or even dining – many of the biggest cruise liners have been designed with older passengers in mind.
Accessible cabins and elevators are standard on most ships, but many of the newer cruise ships have gone even further to accommodate those with disabilities. From bathrooms with grab bars to pool lifts, roll-in showers and ramp-access balconies, cruise companies are continually adding facilities specifically designed for those who have mobility difficulties.
Going solo has never been more sociable
There was a time when a solo cruiser was considered an unusual sight, and for those who did dare go it alone, extras fees, uncomfortable dining-for-one and awkward social events were commonplace – but no more! Solo cruising has become much more popular in the past few years, and with many of the biggest cruise companies now providing solo cabins, dedicated activities for solo travellers and a range of dining options, there has never been a better time for the older solo traveller to hit the high seas.
The over 65 traveller cruising alone will find it easy to meet and mingle with other passengers, and thanks to organised solo meet-ups, onboard events and a range of restaurants to choose from, you’ll never be short of good company from fellow solo travellers.
First-class medical facilities
If you’re thinking of booking a cruise for your next holiday, but you’re worried about being a sea for a long period of time without access to medical care, it may make your decision easier to know that the major liners all have first-class medical facilities on-board.
From state-of-the-art ship hospitals on board to fully-stocked pharmacies, 24-hour on-call medical assistance to trained staffs of ship doctors and nurses, the possibility of getting sick at sea shouldn’t stop you from booking your next adventure.
Medical staff are trained to handle any eventuality, and because cruises continue to be popular with the over 65’s, on-board doctors and nurses are particularly used to dealing with issues such as respiratory problems, as well as common at-sea afflictions such as sea-sickness and stomach bugs.
From the epic glacial landscapes of Alaska to the majestic scenery of the Norwegian Fjords, cruise itineraries have never looked so exciting. If mobility issues mean that you would rather seek out scenic views from observation decks, panoramic lounges and from the comfort of your own cabin, you’ll be delighted to discover the newest cruise vessels have been designed with this is mind.
As well as experiencing the wonders of the world from the ship, older passengers can also take advantage of tailored shore-day itineraries and activities. Many cruise companies offer excursions with minimal walking and onshore transport, for a range of cultural activities – such as trips to museums, art galleries and local sights.
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